LEGO Star Wars Geonosis Troopers 75089
- Good minifigure concept and execution given that these particular troopers have never been featured on the big screen
- Very rare desert camouflage prints for the minifigures
- High playability with the rapid stud-shooter on the AT-RT walker
- If you like the old non-shooting blasters, this battle pack only has the newer stud-shooting variety
- It would be nice if it was a little clearer what the difference is between the specialist
If you are trying to build out your LEGO Star Wars Grand Army of the Republic, LEGO Star Wars Geonosis Troopers is a must-have addition to your collection. The AT-RT walker isn’t a bad addition, either, although your feelings on it may be a bit more negative if you’re a fan of the old-school non-shooting blasters.
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|LEGO Star Wars Geonosis Troopers 75089|
|Release Date||January 2015|
|Official MSRP (USD)||$12.99|
|Price Per Piece (MSRP)||$0.124|
|Estimated Build Time||15 minutes|
You get a total of four clone trooper minifigures, two are regular clone troopers and two are specialist “airborne clone” troopers. All of the troopers are decked out in rare desert camouflage from helmet-to-toe, appropriate given the desert environment of Geonosis. Each trooper has a stud-shooting blaster.
You get two regular grimacing clone trooper heads and two rarer smirking clone trooper heads. The specialist troopers have a printed ammo belt draped across their chest and their helmets differ slightly from the regular troopers…their helmets have a more compressed face bump-out around the nose and mouth. Other than those details, the regular troopers and the specialist troopers are basically the same..
Nevertheless, the minifigure troopers make for a strong showing in this battle pack. This is especially true given the fact that I don’t believe that Geonosis troopers have ever been featured in the films or television series, which means that the LEGO designers only had typical clone troopers and their knowledge of Geonosis to work from when designing the prints for the minifigures.
As someone who was mostly looking to pick up the minifigures, I was pleasantly surprised by the AT-RT walker. Each of the two legs have three joints (at the “waist,” “knee,” and “ankle” so to speak) that can lock into a few different positions; although you’ll probably be doing most adjustments on the top joint only. Properly positioned, the walker is, somewhat surprisingly, reasonably stable, which improves its playability factor. There’s enough room in the cockpit for two troopers, and there are two claw holders for the troopers’ blasters. The three flaps on the sides and front of the walker also pivot away from the walker, making it pretty easy to install troopers in the cockpit. The walker includes a few rarer brown-orange pieces, too.
The AT-RT walker also features a rapid stud-shooting Gatling gun that is mounted to the front of the vehicle. You twist a small dial at the back of the walker and can shoot off all six studs in less than a second. While this can greatly increase the fun quotient you can get out of this set, you should be careful when twisting the dial because because the studs can travel rather great distances, and you risk losing them if you don’t keep track of where the gun is aiming.
As mentioned earlier, all of the troopers’ blasters and the walker’s Gatling gun shoot out studs. If you like the older LEGO Star Wars blasters that looked much more like blasters (but also couldn’t shoot studs), this may be the biggest point of disappointment that you have with this set. While I would say that the stud-shooting look is okay for the Gatling gun, it does seem a bit out of place for the troopers’ blasters…which really don’t bear too much resemblance to the blasters from the Star Wars films. The other recent LEGO Star Wars battle packs also feature the same stud-shooting blasters.
Even so, if you can overlook the decision to include the stud-shooting blasters in the set, you pick up four minifigures with unique desert camo prints and a decent vehicle with this battle pack set. If you’re building out your LEGO Grand Army of the Republic, I think that this set, LEGO Star Wars Geonosis Troopers 75089, would be a necessary component of that collection. And even if you’re not creating an army for an epic good versus evil showdown, there is solid playability value in this set at a pretty reasonable cost.